Spotted by Beth Carvalho, who invited him to join her band, Alceu Maia (aka Alceu Cavaquinho and Alceu do Cavaco) was one of the members of the A Fina Flor do Samba, which was Carvalho's supporting group and also developed a solo career. A Sharp Prize winner (as best arranger), Maia also was awarded with a Brahma Extra trophy and a Cinco Estrelas trophy as an instrumentalist. His resumé includes works for Chet Baker and Dionne Warwick. Since 1975 a busy session man, Maia has been playing for top acts like Cartola, Chico Buarque, João Bosco, Elizeth Cardoso, Paulinho da Viola, Clara Nunes, Nélson Gonçalves, Bezerra da Silva, Toquinho, and Elba Ramalho. He also has toured internationally (through Europe, the U.S., Africa, and Latin America) with Paulo Moura (at the Berlin Festival), Ivan Lins, Roberto Menescal, Leila Pinheiro, and Joyce. As the soloist of his group Alceu Maia & O Choro Elétrico, he performed at the Montreux Festival (Switzerland). He was the producer of the hit "Voa, Canarinho, Voa" (the song used in the Brazilian soccer team campaign in the World Cup, sung by the player Júnior). Maia also produced the high-selling carnival records of the champion samba schools. As a composer, he has had over 100 songs recorded by Leci Brandão ("Talento de Verdade," written with Brandão, and "Fogo no Ar," with Jorge Aragão), Emílio Santiago, Alcione, Demônios da Garoa, Jair Rodrigues, Mestre Marçal, and Agepê, among others. Maia also participated both in the show and the album Getz Bossa Nova, released in Japan, with Gilberto Gil, Leila Pinheiro, and Marcos Valle. As a soloist, he recorded, among other albums, the CD Brasil Chorinho with classics of choro.
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